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Stories with place: Central Africa
  • Congo buries its king of rumba, world music star Papa Wemba story has photos
    Updated: May-04-16 3:58 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - Thousands of Congolese attended the funeral Wednesday of Papa Wemba, a musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba.

  • Rebels kill at least 17 civilians in eastern Congo 
    Updated: May-04-16 12:36 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - A Congo rights group that tracks rebel violence says that at least 17 civilians have been killed in the country's east.

  • 3 Red Cross employees abducted in eastern Congo 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:21 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - Three employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross have been abducted in eastern Congo.

  • Equatorial Guinea leader looks to extend decades-long rule 
    Updated: Apr-24-16 10:34 am

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang, Africa's longest-serving leader and the world's longest-serving non-royal head of state, is expected to dominate an election Sunday for a new term that could take his reign past the four-decade mark.

  • World music star Papa Wemba dies after collapsing on stage 
    Updated: Apr-24-16 9:22 am

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Papa Wemba, a musician known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, has died following a collapse on stage during a concert, officials said. He was 66.

  • Chad's leader, in power since 1990, secures 5th term 
    Updated: Apr-21-16 6:51 pm

    N'DJAMENA, Chad - Chad President Idriss Deby has won a fifth term in office, soundly defeating more than a dozen challengers to remain leader of a country that is central to Africa's fight against Islamic militants, the national election commission announced late Thursday.

  • Little help for survivors of Central African Republic abuses story has photos
    Updated: Apr-20-16 3:18 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - The peacekeepers motioned to the teenage girl weaving through the sprawling camp in the baking afternoon sun selling bananas from a plate atop her head. Soon their real intentions were clear: They yanked her inside their tent and began unbuttoning their pants.

  • US warns of links between Islamic State, Boko Haram story has photos
    Updated: Apr-20-16 2:32 pm

    N'DJAMENA, Chad - At "Ground Zero" in Africa's counterterrorism fight, senior U.S. officials warned of deepening links between the Islamic State and Boko Haram and prodded Chad's ruling strongman to introduce reforms for the sake of long-term stability.

  • UN: Moroccan peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic 
    Updated: Apr-18-16 1:57 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - The U.N. says a Moroccan peacekeeper has been killed by unknown gunmen in Central African Republic.

  • Amnesty Int'l says Republic of Congo airstrikes killed 30 
    Updated: Apr-18-16 1:24 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - An international rights group says airstrikes in Republic of Congo's southeastern Pool region nearly two weeks ago killed at least 30 people.

  • Correction: UN-Congo-Sexual Abuse 
    Updated: Apr-17-16 1:10 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - In a story April 16 about the U.N. mission in Congo vowing action against Tanzanian peacekeepers accused of sexual abuses, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted mission head Maman Sidikou as saying 18 cases of rape have been reported involving the Tanzanians. Sidikou said 18 cases of sexual abuse have been reported, not rape.

  • Group reports 41 new sex abuse cases in C.African Republic 
    Updated: Apr-13-16 4:17 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - A U.S.-based advocacy group that recently disclosed nearly 100 allegations of sexual abuse by international peacekeepers in Central African Republic said Wednesday the United Nations has documented 41 additional cases.

  • Burundi group blames police for rising disappearances story has photos
    Updated: Apr-13-16 2:40 pm

    KAMPALA, Uganda - When security officials in Burundi show up looking for someone, they don't even have to produce an arrest warrant. And when they take a suspect away, the terrified family members left behind just hope their relative will be held at a known jail.

  • UN official: More help needed for Africa's Sahel region 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 6:27 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - A senior U.N. official on Tuesday said the ongoing poverty and horror resulting from attacks by the extremist Boko Haram group in Africa's Lake Chad basin are at their worst and called for increased relief funding for its 3 million people and broader international engagement in the region.

  • Child bombers used by Boko Haram increases 10-fold: UNICEF 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 11:18 am

    KANO, Nigeria - The number of child bombers used by the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram has increased from four to 44 in a year with devastating consequences in communities that now see children as threats, UNICEF said Tuesday.

  • UN: Biggest killer of kids in CAfrican Republic not bullets 
    Updated: Apr-12-16 12:54 am

    UNITED NATIONS - Three years after conflict erupted in the Central African Republic, the biggest killers of children aren't bullets but malnutrition, malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhea, the United Nations said Monday.

  • Eq. Guinea women's soccer team thrown out of Olympics again 
    Updated: Apr-11-16 1:11 pm

    ZURICH - FIFA disqualified the Equatorial Guinea women's soccer team from the 2020 Olympics on Monday for fielding a player with "forged or falsified documents," the latest sanction for a country with a history of selecting ineligible players from other nations.

  • Family endures 3-year struggle adopting Congo child 
    Updated: Apr-11-16 9:20 am

    AMESBURY, Massachusetts - Jennifer Runnion's life on a see-saw is over after her adopted daughter Sunny has come home to a place she had never seen before.

  • Congo striker could quit team over treatment 
    Updated: Apr-06-16 12:47 pm

    LONDON - A footballer caught up in the bombings in Brussels could stop playing for Congo, saying Wednesday he has been unfairly treated by team officials who want to suspend him for failing to report for international duty after the attacks.